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Want the Parthenon Marbles Returned to Greece? Say it with a “Click”!

This is the initiative of Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) in Great Britain. You can visit their website and vote YES, the Parthenon Sculptures on display in the British Museum should return to Greece and exhibited at the New Acropolis Museum. Or Vote NO, keep them where they are.

You can also participate in forum discussions about the issue.  

What are the Parthenon Sculptures?

Metope panel from the Parthenon, copyright Maria Koutsikou

The Parthenon Sculptures are sometimes called the Elgin Marbles because they were brought to Britain by Lord Elgin. The sculptures come from the famous Parthenon temple, which is part of the Acropolis in Athens. The Ancient Greeks began building the temple in 447BC.

Around half of the sculptures were destroyed in ancient times, before Lord Elgin arrived at the Parthenon. Of the remaining sculptures, about 50% are now in the British Museum, where they have been on display since 1817. Most of the rest are in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Some people want all of the remaining sculptures to be together in Athens – others believe that the British Museum collection should stay in London.

We want to know what you think! So please do vote in our online poll .”

Results by 3038 votes:

What do you think?

Do you think that the Parthenon Sculptures on display in the British Museum should be taken to Greece?
Yes, send them to the New Acropolis Museum!
 
98%
No, keep them at the British Museum!
 
2%
 
The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only UK-wide club for young people aged up to 17 interested in archaeology. The club is run by Council for British Archaeology (CBA), an educational charity working for over 65 years to promote ‘Archaeology for All’. YAC’s vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future.
 
PS I do not know if voting could bring any success but I would definitely support a young people club interested in archaeology who in addition launch an initiative for a cause.

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